8 celebrities who’ve suffered major health scares

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Cape Town - Even though oftentimes they seem like superhumans, celebrities, like the rest of us, actually aren’t immune to health issues.

From Julia Louis-Dreyfus who spoke candidly about her breast cancer battle to Selena Gomez’s kidney transplant, these stars have been brave enough to share their health scares.

We look at some of the stars who revealed their personal health battles:

Amy Schumer

The I Feel Pretty star shared on Instagram on 27 April, 2018 that she’d been in the hospital for the past five days with a kidney infection.

According to People the actor and comedian is recovering well after being hospitalised.

“Here’s what I’ve been up to this week. I was hospitalised for five days with a horrible kidney infection,” the comedian wrote in a lengthy Instagram post from her hospital bed.

She said she had hoped to go to the London premiere of I Feel Pretty but her doctors told her that it’s a “no-go.”

This is the second time in two years that Schumer ended up in the hospital for health issues.

Lady Gaga

After postponing her Joanne World Tourdue to chronic pain in 2017 the singer revealed that she’s been battling fibromyalgia, opening the conversation for others with the chronic illness.

In her Netflix documentary, Gaga: Five Foot Two, the pop star talked about the debilitating chronic pain that she regularly experienced.

Gaga first revealed via Twitter that she was suffering from fibromyalgia saying: “I wish to help raise awareness and connect people who have it. I’m praying that more and more people come forward and we can all share what helps/hurts so we can help each other.”

Selena Gomez

After previously opening up about her lupus diagnosis, Selena revealed in September 2017 that she had undergone a kidney transplant over the summer.

“I’m very aware some of my fans had noticed I was laying low for part of the summer and questioning why I wasn’t promoting my new music, which I was extremely proud of,” she wrote in an emotional Instagram post.

“So I found out I needed to get a kidney transplant due to my lupus and was recovering. It was what I needed to do for my overall health,” Gomez wrote, including that her friend Francia Raisa had donated her kidney to save the singer’s life.

Since then the star has been out and about and enjoying life.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

The Veep star announced in September 2017 that she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

“One in eight women get breast cancer. Today, I’m the one,” the Seinfeld actress began her heartbreaking message.

“The good news is that I have the most glorious group of supportive and caring family and friends, and fantastic insurance through my union. The bad news is that not all women are so lucky, so let’s fight all cancers and make universal health care a reality.”

HBO later paused production of Veep while Julia (57) underwent treatment.

According to Page Six, Julia appeared to be on the road to recovery when she was recently spotted out shopping in Beverly Hills.

Solange Knowles

Last year the Grammy winner (31) revealed she had been diagnosed with an autonomic nerve disorder and had to cancel her New Year’s Eve performance at Afropunk Festival in South Africa.

She revealed that she’d been battling her disorder for the past five months.

“The past five months I’ve been quietly treating and working through an autonomic disorder,” she wrote on Instagram in December of 2017.

“It’s been a journey that hasn’t been easy on me. As a part of the self care that I’ve tried to encourage this past year, it needs to start with myself, and I’m looking forward to doing a better job of this in 2018.”

Larry King

Famous radio and TV host Larry King (83) told People that he was diagnosed with lung cancer back in July 2017.

To treat the cancer he underwent a secret surgery to tackle the disease, which was at stage one, as early as possible.

“I didn’t have any pain, but when they took a chest X-ray the doctor said, ‘There’s a little cloud here.’ They said I was lucky and smart to get annual chest X-rays because lung cancer doesn’t give you any signs until it’s in late stages, and by then it’s too late.”

Luckily they caught it early and he’s hopefully fully recovered!

Maria Menounos

Last year was a tough one for Maria Menounos who underwent surgery to remove a brain tumour.

After experiencing dizziness, slurred speech and headaches, Maria recalled telling her doctors: “I know you’re going to think I’m crazy, but I feel like I have a brain tumour like my mom.”

Sure enough doctors found a golf ball-sized tumour in her brain that was fortunately not cancerous.

While sharing her health battle she also announced that she’d be stepping down as co-anchor of E! News.

Angelina Jolie

After undergoing a double mastectomy in 2013 and a hysterectomy in 2015 Angelina Jolie seemed to be in perfect health.

But the Oscar-winning actress and mother of six revealed last year that she was diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy.

Bell’s Palsy is a condition that causes the face to droop after damage to facial nerves.

Angelina turned to acupuncture for her condition and has since made a full recovery.

Sources: Us Weekly, Clevver, In Style 

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